Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ford abandons Wrc
The company said that made this decision as part of a review of its business in Europe, given the current difficult economic environment.
"Ford has a long and proud history in the World Rally Championship and this decision was not easy," said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Europe. "However, we have decided that it is better for Ford reduce its commitments to the WRC and use our resources in other areas," he added.
The longtime partner of the Official Ford Rally Team, M-Sport, plans to continue competing in the WRC with the Ford Fiesta, as private car. Ford is negotiating terms with M-Sport to provide ongoing support, both in vehicle development and engineering, including the recently announced Fiesta R5 WRC for the new series-2, 2013, and the Fiesta R2 for national and regional pilots.